School Violence is Not a Gun or Political Problem

My heart certainly goes out to everyone affected by all of the mass and school shootings. In my humble opinion, this is NOT just a “political” problem. This is NOT just a “gun” problem. This is a SOCIETAL problem.

At least 36 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 172 wounded and 80 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs).

In fact, this is part of what my TedX / Ted Talk presentation was about. Check it out.

While we are so busy being “reactive”, we are over-looking an in-your-face “proactive” tool that could be used by people (ie: school teachers and school counselors) who are in the FRONT LINES.

In many ways school shootings are similar to fighting a war. In war, you have “inside people” closest to the area of conflict (aka: frontlines) and no, I am not talking about arming school personnel… we really don’t need more guns in schools.

What I mean is this… like a good confidential informant or vice squad, we have great intel on the inside that we are not using.

Allow me to briefly digress…

Internationally since 1987, I have taught thousands of law enforcement, mental health, human resource, probation, and other professionals in the science of forensics including handwriting analysis. In 99% of the classes filled with police, military, or psychology students at least one person will say with conviction, “This training should be mandatory for all school staff in all elementary, middle schools, high schools, and colleges”.

Then I explain that, even when I worked at schools for my internships and I offered to use my skills (for free since I was “employed”), they never agreed. I am even an approved continuing education provider for educators of all levels in most states and only had three teachers & one school counselor (see below) since 1987 take advantage of these classes even when it was free.

When I decided to ask one school teacher, she said, “I think teachers don’t want that kind of power – having this deep knowledge is a lot of power”. Well, what is a gun?

Then… schools not teaching handwriting anymore really messes-up society too but that’s a whole other topic.

So, instead of giving guns to school staff, we need to look at them are out “intelligence division”. We need to give them something that the students can’t easily out-smart. Students are younger, quicker, and more street-smart than most school staff nowadays and that means sooner-than-later, they will be able to easily find a way to get a gun away from a teacher no matter how hyper-diligent the teacher is.

Then what? More violence!

So you see, by educating school personnel (our intel) on how to recognize mental health, suicide, drug use, abuse, and violent tendencies in handwriting, they would have the upper hand and that would be SUPER POWERFUL!

But, by not making this training mandatory for our school personnel, we as a society are losing out on ENORMOUS, SCIENTIFIC, PREVENTATIVE WARNING SIGNS that can be used to prevent this type of violence, and get the “shooter” some help.

Another digression…

Back in 2006, I was invited to meet with State Representative Todd Baxter in the Texas Legislature. Why? Because Vicki Spriggs, then-Executive Director of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC) knew that my Clinical Graphology program would work with the high-recidivists (repeat offenders).

The youth participants were very diverse in age, race, socio-economic background, and crimes. All remained 100% anonymous to me and each youth had failed repeatedly in all other programs including talk therapy, boot camp, and psych meds.  NGT alone caused them to raise their self-esteem, improve grades, be discharged from probation early for “good behavior”, improve family and peer relationships, and more.

Most impressive is that, after the youths successfully completed the 6-month Clinical Graphology program, to-date, NONE had reoffended.

The United States is behind the world in how it views and uses this science. We are not a progressive country overall when it comes to helping people who are stuck. Because  when people are stuck or miserable the “top dogs get paid”. People being sick and desperate is big business for the American Medical Association (AMA) and “Big Pharma” but also for all most mental health agencies too.

Did you know that the Library of Congress states “handwriting analysis is applied psychology and, when professionally done, is a valid diagnostic tool” and the American Psychological Association (APA) agrees. In addition, professional handwriting analysis matches the better-known Myers-Briggs Personality Test among others.

Of course, I don’t expect you to take my word for it, so please check out THIS letter from the one school counselor who took my class and was able to PREVENT a MURDER-SUICIDE just in the nick of time… because she knew what to look for.

Just imagine this kind of ability in the hundreds of thousands of trained school personnel… knowledge is power!

In closing, school violence is not just a gun or a societal concern because we are all part of the problem – and that means you too. I can provide forensic / scientific proof and documentation to you all day long; but none of it really matters unless you help spread the word.

Therefore before I go, I would like to know…

  • Will YOU actually WATCH the video below ?

  • Will YOU actually READ the school counselor’s letter?

  • Will YOU SHARE this blog post?

Sadly, not many will. So, I have to ask… how does that help anyone anywhere? 

Oh yeah… it doesn’t.


What do YOU think?